Purpose

It's not all about the coffee. Here's how we engage with the world around us, who we support and what we stand for as a company. You could say these are our bearings: 

Local non-profits

In our hometown of Philadelphia, we support the National Services Center (NSC) and City Kitties.

NSC is Philadelphia's leading immigrant and refugee service organization empowering individuals to build a self-sustaining and dignified future. For more on what they do, please visit: https://nscphila.org/

City Kitties is a cat shelter that rescues cats, provides vet care and ultimately a home. We adopted a crazy rogue now named Hugo from them. In 2018, we launched a product called 'Santa Claws' in support of City Kitties. 'Santa Claws' returns in 2019. Learn about them here: http://www.citykitties.org/

Art & Research

We all love some form of art, whether it's a painting, a photograph or a performance. At Bearings, our products are brought to life by commissioning artists to design our coffee characters. In Philadelphia, we supply and pour complimentary coffee for a selection of theater groups. In 2020, we will do a visual arts project in Haiti, which we’ll share with you once complete. 

Long term, we aim to support researchers with their work in producing coffee in Haiti. In many coffee producing countries, there isn't sufficient information available to help a variety of stakeholders make better decisions for coffee communities. Our founder experienced this first hand when he lived in Haiti. When we begin a research project, we’ll share it with you.

Light pollution

Our dream project is the Dark Skies Initiative. For centuries, the explorers, the thinkers, and the curious looked to the sky for guidance and direction: It's how people found their bearings. But due to light pollution, it’s more difficult to do so today because the sky is harder to see.

The International Dark Skies Initiative (IDA) wants to uncover the cosmos so, you too can see the stars. IDA has created what’s called ‘Dark Sky Parks’, and over the next five years (2018 to 2023) we endeavor to launch a Dark Sky park in a coffee producing country. It's a tall order, but we all have dreams.

For more information on IDA go to: darksky.org. To learn more about light pollution watch this video 

To learn more or ask a question, send an email directly to our owner: conor@bearingscoffee.com